Agence India Press, Correspondent
July 25, 2009
The Rehbar-e-Ziraat employees today intensified their demand for regularization after two years and nine months of their cabinet approval and two years and three months of engagement as Rehbar-I-Ziraaat in Agriculture Production Department and went on an indefinite hunger strike at Pratap Park here.
The strike was lead by their Jammu & Kashmir provincial bodies. “They will continue the strike for regularization until a clear policy is being formulated and made public,:” they said.
They raised slogans and said that they would continue starvation if the government failed to fulfill their demands. The first group of 24 Rehbar-e-Ziraats sat on hunger strike from today.
Talking to Agence India Press President Suhail Ahmad told that the R-e-Z scheme was first launched in 1984. That time the engaged were regularized and posted as Junior Agriculture Assistants after rendering a service of six months but the department had not recruited any Agriculture graduate since 1996.
The same was proposed by the previous government in 2002 to absorb unemployed agriculture graduates and accordingly all agriculture graduates were registered in the agriculture production department but unfortunately the scheme could not be processed further as the then government after constant persuasion, all the unemployed agriculture graduates were engaged as Rehbar-e Ziraat on the department of agriculture vide cabinet order no. 248/14 on October 23, 2006 followed by government order no. 20-Agri of 2007 on February, 2 2006 against a meager stipend of rupees. 1500 per month with effect from 1st April 2007.
The Rehbar-e Ziraats are on the verge of over-age and if the process of their regularization is delayed, it will be set back to their wishes and aspirations, he said. In view of already mentioned efforts put in by the government machinery and the promises given by the chief Minister of the state the Rehbare-Ziraats are uncertain of their future as many of them has attained their maximum age of entry in Govt service, t hey said.
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